What is 0xcon?

0xcon is an infosec conference aimed towards building the Gauteng and ZA community. Lots of you do great research and this is an open platform for you to share yours, as well as to see what others have been working on.

You may have heard the announcement at the end of 0xcon this year saying that we would be transitioning to BSides Joburg going forward. The reason behind this was that the goal of both BSides and 0xcon is to drive community engagement and awareness of the field, and to encourage knowledge sharing. We want to give newcomers a place to learn more about infosec and for the stalwarts to sharpen their tradecraft and learn new tricks. The fear was that there wasn't space two have two conferences with the exact same agenda, competing for sponsors, attendees and talks.

Upon reflection, we realised that this may have been a little short-sighted. BSides Cape Town has been immensely successful and we're super proud of how they've grown in the last 10 or so years. As a direct result of its success, the conference has grown hugely both in terms of complexity, attendance and cost, and while that's amazing for them, we think that there's still a space for the scrappy little-sibling con for a couple of reasons:

  • It provides a safe, lower-pressure environment for people to get comfortable with speaking publicly, therefore encouraging more first-time speakers
  • It provides an opportunity to engage with the community and listen to some great talks without having to travel across the country (BSides Joburg will also address this, although the timing will have an impact on who has research ready to present at the time)

Ultimately, we believe that 0xcon and BSides are fighting the same good fight, but from different angles, and the difference between them is just great enough that it's still worth having both. We'll have 0xcon in 2024 and see how it goes. Either we'll be proven right and we'll be able to wrap it up with the peace of mind that we didn't let it die a premature death, or we’ll see that there is space for both cons. In the meanwhile, please keep an eye on future events through Hack South on Discord, join us on the last Tuesday of every month for social meetups at 0xc0ffee_jhb, and we look forward to seeing you all again this year!

For more info, follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/0xc0ffee_jhb, join the HackSouth Discord, or join us at any of the 0xc0ffee meetups on the last day of each month.

Event Information

November, 2024
MTN Innovation Center, 216 14th Avenue, Fairland, Randburg
9 am to 5 pm, UTC+2

Code of Conduct

0xcon's primary goal is to build the infosec community in Gauteng and South Africa. South Africa is naturally culturally diverse, and we're committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or religion.

In pursuit of this goal, we've laid out the following rules for speakers and attendees.
When you come to the conference, we ask that you:

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of our community.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.

On the other hand, generally offensive behaviour is unwelcome and unacceptable. Particularly:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, trans-phobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording.
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualised comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcome sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.

Please alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential. In short, be interested, be courteous, and make sure your criticism is constructive. We're all here to learn from each other.